Little Piece of Heaven
Annie Sellick's latest CD captures her live in performance at the Vic Jazz Club in Santa Monica, CA. Annie is at her extroverted best, singing a variety of standards and lesser-known tunes. She is accompanied by an all-star Los Angeles band with the great 20-year old jazz pianist Gerald Clayton, already one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in the USA; Dan Lutz on bass; and Kevin Kanner on drums. Bruce Forman adds his masterful jazz guitar to 8 of the 13 selections. Here are some quotes from reviews of this performance: From the L.A. Jazz Scene by Roger Crane: 'A Star in the Making: Annie Sellick at the Vic' 'Annie Sellick is very much a jazz singer, who focuses on the music, but she is also a storyteller... She is a masterful jazz singer who is so adept at handling time that everything she sings has a deeply relaxed, swinging pulse... She quickly put smiles on the faces of her accompanying musicians. Not too many divas do that... After now seeing Sellick perform twice I see no reason why she should not be a star.' Dale Olson, columnist: '...a young stylist with her own unique delivery and vivid musical capacity... She knows exactly what she's doing, phrasing so genuinely that she immediately connects with the emotion of the songs and the hearts of the audience...Sellick can be as funky and Honky Tonk as the Gay Nineties Beatrice Kay or as earthy as Janice Joplin.' ' No small credit goes to the remarkable musicians whose superb musicality blend perfectly with the singer's expression...' From the L.A Times 'Jazz Spotlight' review of this CD by Don Heckman: 'Sellick's buoyant singing brings to mind the question of how Janis Joplin might have sounded had she been born 40 years later and focused on jazz. But there's more than Joplin in Sellick's well-formed style, which also includes traces of Anita O'Day's roughhewn rhythms, Ruth Brown's blues and - even more - her own utterly unique musical personality... She sings everything with an ineffable, perky enthusiasm. But Sellick's most attractive quality may be the manner in which she has transformed her influences into her own, immediately identifiable style. She's a comer' Other reviews: The Nashville Rage: 'Sellick has all the tools to become an internationally recognized jazz star: a massive and malleable voice, a hip musical know-how steep in the classics, and a striking and seductive image.' Greg Lee, Program Director at WMOT Nashville, TN 'Ella's (Fitzgerald) playfulness, Carmen's (McRae) attitude, Betty's (Carter) instincts, and Anita's (O'Day) flair. What singer possesses such gifts yet has her own distinct sound? Annie Sellick. She touches everyone...'